New housing patterns and spatial fragmentation in Gulf cities

Florian Wiedmann, Ashraf M. Salama, Hatem G. A. Ibrahim, Velina Mirincheva

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In recent years, the rapid growth of Gulf cities has led to a transformation of local settlement structures. The key objective of this paper is to deliver an overview of new housing patterns and how they impact spatial fragmentation. To identify the spatial distribution of new housing typologies and to explore the recent transformation of urban fabrics, GIS analyses were carried out and Space Syntax models were developed in the case of Qatar’s capital, Doha. This is coupled with an analysis of the travel routes of 130 residents which were assessed to investigate key aspects related to fragmentation. The outcomes include both new insights into the understanding of urban development tendencies in Gulf cities and the introduction of a methodological approach to establish responsive strategies in fast-growing and car-dependent cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-411
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability
Issue number4
Early online date24 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • housing
  • lifestyle trends
  • urban fragmentation
  • Gulf cities

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